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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Stenciled Placemats:.

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Do you like to entertain?

Or do you just like to have a nice spread, even if it's only for you and your little family?

I don't know about you, but I sure do! I love throwing parties and showers, and having people over. I definitely don't do it often enough, but I wish I did.

Part of it for me is the decor. I like to make things look nice.

So when I saw these bamboo placemats at Target for $2.50 (for four!) I knew I could do something with them to make them fun and functional for us this summer.

Here's what you need:

- placemats
- Silhouette (LUCY!)
- vinyl
- paint
- brushes
- something to put under your placemats

Start off by designing something using your Silhouette software. Chevrons are the rage right now, and I thought they would be fun to have coming at different angles on the placemats.

Cut your vinyl. Peel off the design, and place it where you want it on the placemat. You can also use the negative space as a stencil, so you only have to cut the design twice. I'm all about speed crafting.

Stencil in your design using your choice of paint. I did two coats.

Take them outside to dry and realize that, duh!, the placemats are bamboo and have slats, so the paint totally bled through. Shoulda put a plastic placemat down! Learn from me.

When the paint is dry, peel off your vinyl.

Since the placemats did have the slats, you may have a bit of bleed through with the paint. The vinyl doesn't totally want to stick. I still think they look okay!

Pair them with a fabulous tablecloth for a bright, summery look.

View from the top.

Throw in some mis-matched colorful plastic ware, and you are ready to serve!


  1. These are so cute!!!! What a clever idea!

  2. what a cute project.. I love the colors.. So spring-like

  3. very nice. I like how simple it is, and the colors are lovely. A craft even I could do!

  4. Summer! This is FANTASTIC! I love it!

  5. Those are super cute! You can do so many things with those! Thanks for linking it up this week! :)

  6. What a fun project. Love the colors.

  7. Quick, easy, and cute. I am all about that.

  8. So cute! I'm in love with chevron right now :)

  9. Such a cute idea!!

    I shared it on my TT&J facebook page :)


  10. Well can I say great minds think alike! I just bought some of those a couple of weeks ago to do the very same thing. I have a couple of ideas, haven't made my mind up as to what I am going to paint on mine. Thanks for the bleed through tip!

  11. Love your blog!! I am definitely going to be your new follower :) I would love it if you followed me to @ for-the-luv-of.blogspot.com that would be great :) I am just starting out, but I am excited to share new recipes, crafts, and makeup.. And Giving away giveaways on mineral make-up!

  12. so fun! I've always wanted to do something with those bamboo placemats and you beat me to it! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  13. Adorable! I'm featuring you tomorrow as a Friday Fav at naptimecrafters.blogspot.com


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